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September 5, 4:51 PM ET
Chat with David Thorpe

David Thorpe
  (12:00 PM)

Hey everyone. Quiet day here, perhaps. Send in those questions and I'll give you my typical long, thought out responses! "Hey ma...the meatloaf!!. #@$#**".

William (Atl)

David, I like how your chats are not always about hoops. So tell me, what was the highlight of your summer? Beasley vs. Rose? Vegas Summer League? How about Jazz vs. Iran?

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

Strange question. Easy answer. "Silent polo" with my kids every night in our pool is about as good as it gets. It's the best game ever. I did love the Iran game in Salt Lake. Great passion.

Mike, LA

What's your take on Kobe's pinkie? Thanks.

David Thorpe
  (12:02 PM)

I'm at a loss for a response to that.

Clark (Durham, NC)

Are you a fan of the NFL? Who do you like to win it all?

David Thorpe
  (12:03 PM)

I've been going to games with my dad since 1976. Bucs baby!!

Franco (Philly)

"What is she doing back there, I never know what she's doing!? Thorpedo what do you think of the Sixers recent acquisition of Donyell Marshall? What kind of role do you see him playing this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:04 PM)

I'm just waking up from that same question last week.

Chris (Orlando FL)

Whats the latest on Chalmers? Will the NBA suspend him for a couples games at the start of the season?

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

At least. There may be more to the story.

Adam Griffith (Tampa, FL)

My roommate is the Bucs tight end David we should go to games together

David Thorpe
  (12:05 PM)

Thanks, but that spot is reserved for my father.

JR (Chicago, IL)

Over/under: Blazers win 45

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

Tough question. I'd guess under, but would not be surprised if it goes over.

Franco (Philly)

Thorpedo I'm not really sure what that means. Do you think Donnie Marshall will be the shooter the Sixers lacked ?

David Thorpe
  (12:06 PM)

Sorry. Zzzzzzz.

dave(Akron,OH)

Why did Grizzles wave terance kinsey?

David Thorpe
  (12:07 PM)

I don't know. New GM is the best guess. Happens a lot.

K. Ross (Jackson MS)

Does Mo Williams value go up or down know that he is with the cavs

David Thorpe
  (12:08 PM)

Up. Playing for a much better team.

BG7, Windy City

Thorpedo, Should I plan on hocking my sports drink overseas this season, or will I finally find love within the Vinny("obviously")Del("obviously")Negro nation?

David Thorpe
  (12:09 PM)

Options seem limited. Back in Chicago looking more likely.

Franco (Philly)

Alright Thorpedo I'll try another one. What do you think of the Sixers recent extending the contract of Mo Cheeks?

David Thorpe
  (12:10 PM)

Well deserved and a no brainer.

Patrick Ewing (NY)

I missed you at my Hall of Fame ceremony!

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Sorry big fella. Make no mistake, you deserved that honor. But we're still not friends.

Robert ((St Pete FL))

Surprise team this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:11 PM)

Maybe the Raps.

K. Ross (Jackson MS)

So what's the beef between you and Ewing?

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

No beef. I'm just playing. But we're still not friends.

Jacob (Maderchod, Illinois)

Thorpe - what role do you expect the Boston rooks Giddens and Walker to play in the upcoming season? Which of the two do you think will get more playing time (if at all)?

David Thorpe
  (12:12 PM)

Same role ML Carr played late in his career.

Steve, LA

What adjustments offensively and defensively will the Lakers have to make with both gasol and Bynum? Will the O and D be crowded with such a tall team with odom at the 3? Thanks.

David Thorpe
  (12:13 PM)

They have to get Pau back to playing his old position as a face up 4. He used to be great at it.

Jon (Minneapolis)

Who's the better long term prospect: Thaddeus Young or Mike Conley? If you had to have one guy on your team, who'd you pick? Young seems interesting but Conley pans out as an elite PG, isn't that a harder position to fill?

David Thorpe
  (12:14 PM)

Young gets the edge here. He has immense potential.

Tim (Cleveland, Ohio)

What do you think about lebron losing the game of horse? cause for concern for the cavs?

David Thorpe
  (12:15 PM)

I don't know what you mean. What happened.

Joe (Portsmouth)

Hi, David! What do you think about the 3-year potential for the TWolves? They kind of remind me of the Grizzlies from several years ago -- lots of very solid young pieces, maybe only one All-Star caliber talent (Jefferson). With the right coach, are they playoff-worthy down the road?

David Thorpe
  (12:16 PM)

I like some of their pieces a great deal. This season should show us what kind of road they are on. By no means are they definitely on the rise.

Hick ( French Lick, Indiana)

Am I still the best white american born basketball player in the world or do you think someone is better than me

David Thorpe
  (12:16 PM)

Jordan Magic Bird. Period.

Robert (L.A)

This seasons Clippers vs. the Flint Tropics? Could Jackie Moon body up with Kaman or Camby? Would Clarence's fluid moves negate B.Davis and R.Davis? Who would match up with Monix's sharpshooting and game management skills?

David Thorpe
  (12:17 PM)

Is the Bear allowed to play?

Jeff (LLE Davie)

How can a Wade/Marion/Beasley trio not get the Heat to the playoffs?

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

That's two 4's and a 2, that's why. They need help.

Richard: (New York, NY)

What are the chances of Patrick Ewing Jr making the Knicks team?

David Thorpe
  (12:18 PM)

Extraordinarily small.

Trevor (Ocala, FL)

Does dwight howard really have a weak lower body, or are people just looking for anything bad to say because hes so awesome

David Thorpe
  (12:19 PM)

Weak compared to his upper body. And he's still young.

JSL (Miami)

Explain to me why the Heat would even extend an offer to Chris Quinn, let alone for 2 years?

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

Because without him they'll need Bernie to play some backup pg. For you non-HEAT fans, Bernie is their mascot.

James (Orlando)

Im not saying they're gonna win the west, but arent people sleeping on Phoenix a little? They got a legit backup C in lopez, a backup PG in Dragic, and a defenisve minded coach in Porter. Not to mention more time to integrate Shaq.

David Thorpe
  (12:20 PM)

Oh, they're sleeping alright.

Jeff (LLE Davie)

Marion and Beasley both have outside range and are solid rebounders. You don't consider Marion to be a 3, despite his time in Phx?

David Thorpe
  (12:21 PM)

I don't think of Marion as a 3 BECAUSE of his time in Phoenix, and Miami.

Kyle (Ottawa, ON)

"maybe Raps" sounds like you think maybe Jermaine O'Neal will have a bounce back year. What about Barngani?

David Thorpe
  (12:22 PM)

It's all about JO.

steven (cary,nc)

What kind of future do the Thunder have with Green, Durant, and Westbrook?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

I'm a big fan of the future of the Thunder.

Bob (New York)

When's Hollinger coming out with his season updates/player previews? When are you going to update your rookie rankings?

David Thorpe
  (12:23 PM)

PER stuff normally appears in mid-October I think. I update the rooks as needed all summer.

Ryan (Cleveland, OH)

Are the Pistons looking to trade Billups or anyone else for a Big Name Star???

David Thorpe
  (12:24 PM)

I think Joe D. is more open than ever for a deal. But he's not going to force one, I'd guess.

Ali (Boston)

How badly will the loss of Turiaf affect the lakers?

David Thorpe
  (12:25 PM)

He was nice off the bench. it will hurt them some.

Ron Artest (H-town Texas)

YO D-thorpe, T-mac, Yao n I are the now the best big 3 in the league ya? what kind of chance are you giving us of winning the west? I already guarantee I'll get T-mac outta the first round!

David Thorpe
  (12:26 PM)

The Rockets could be champs, or first round losers again. Hard to trust that team, now. Things may change later.

jbreeze (cali)

Waz good Dave T.?!? Give me your surprise/"watch out" team in the east and west for this season....id say Portland and 76ers...YOU?

David Thorpe
  (12:28 PM)

Chicago might be much tougher, thanks to a better season by Kirk especially. Maybe Minny in the west if Foye is a player.

Evan (Marlboro, NJ)

"I almost numchucked you, you don't even realize!" How often will we see CDR on the court this season? Will he help?

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

If they stick with the dribble drive offense it helps his chances. He should be ok. Not great.

Bob Sacomano (NYC)

Will D'Antoni squeeze the knickerbockers into the playoffs this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:29 PM)

Highly doubtful.

Jason (Brooklyn)

David do you pay attention to any of the basketball metrics out there that are big on the blogs, like +/-, Win Score, Wins Produced, MEV, etc?

David Thorpe
  (12:30 PM)

Yes. All of them. Each is a small piece to a very big puzzle.

Fahim ( Los Angeles )

The best big 3 in the league are kobe/gosal/bynum.

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

I'll take PP, KG, and KP right now.

Jay - New York

Forget about marion... why on earth do people see beasley as a 4! i cant see that kid lasting long at the 4 spot. hes got ridiculous range and hes too short. he should play the 3 and give marion the 4.

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

Dude, they're both 4's.

Ali (Boston)

Dave, I'm trying to teach my 8 year old daughter basketball. Do you teach males and females different techniques?

David Thorpe
  (12:31 PM)

Yes, but not when they are 8.

matt (boston)

Have my celtics stopped celebrating yet and gone back to work?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

Yes-I heard all 15 are in Boston already. Impressive.

Larry David (Phx)

What percentage of decline with Nash's game feel this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:33 PM)

8.4?

Ben (SLC)

Can the Jazz win a title with their current roster?

David Thorpe
  (12:34 PM)

I don't think so.

Clark (Durham, NC)

Are there any good basketball blogs that you regularly read?

David Thorpe
  (12:35 PM)

Honestly, as I always tell Henry, if he links to it on Truehoop I'll read it. I love Tom Ziller at Sactown Royalty, and some of the other well known blogs.

Josh(Chicago)

I teach 5th grade baskeball and the parents are constantly complaining that their kids are running too much (I barely run them at all). I would like them to be able to still compete in the 4th quarter. Any advice?

David Thorpe
  (12:37 PM)

it depends. If you know what you are doing, then suggest to them that they send their kids to the library if they don't want them to run. But if you are inexperienced, then seek help.

Chris (Philly)

"Jeremy tried to seduce me! I want my painting back!" Iggy an all star for years to come or is that just $12 Mil down the drain?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

Not all-star level, to me, but a key guy to be sure. Overpaid, yes, but not drastically so.

Darren (Los Angeles)

What can Nets fan expect from Yi this year? Solid starting PF?

David Thorpe
  (12:38 PM)

In year 2, we'll find out of he's legit, or a "Juicebox" guy.

Andy (Boston)

When are people going to come around and realize Deron Williams is better than Chris Paul?

David Thorpe
  (12:39 PM)

Whatever.

Chad (Savannah, GA)

Should I just book my trip now to New Orleans for the Western Confernce Championships?

David Thorpe
  (12:40 PM)

Of course not. But don't plan on attending any big events in mid-June either. They are for real.

Jason (Brooklyn)

Coach, during the NBA season do you spend most of your work time working out non-NBA players, researching training methods, or what?

David Thorpe
  (12:41 PM)

Jason, I actually write and analyze for ESN, so that's my biggest focus in season.

Pat (Chicago)

What player do see making the leap from pretty good to all-star?

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

Maybe Rudy Gay. Or Kevin Martin. Durant and Horford both will have a shot.

Jason (Brooklyn)

And your analysis is much appreciated!

David Thorpe
  (12:42 PM)

Thanks!!

Franco (Philly)

Thorpedo last question before I head back to class. How good do you think Lou Williams will end up being? Solid starter, All-Star, or 6th man type?

David Thorpe
  (12:43 PM)

Let's say solid rotation guy for a good team, at minimum.

Jay (Chicago)

Thorpe -You are the Dickey Simpkins of chats

David Thorpe
  (12:43 PM)

Better than being the Scott Pollard.

Chris (Cali)

Hey Coach, how do I increase my seven year old's vert? But really, can we have a chat dedicated towards you giving the pickup players of sportsnation coaching advice??? thanks

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

I'll run it by our editors!!

Pedro (Bronx)

What about the Magic, they can be 1 seed contenders this year. You see them as sleepers?

David Thorpe
  (12:44 PM)

I think so. Should be some great battles.

Marc (Malden, MA)

What's your take on the Monta Ellis situation?

David Thorpe
  (12:45 PM)

Ignoring the terms of your huge new contract is dumb. Lying about it is dumber. Covering it up even dumber than that.

Raymond (Baltimore)

ESN? Is that some competitor?? lol Thorpe real question though. My son is young so I still have plenty of time. What age do you personally think is the best age to seriously start working on basketball skills? Obviously his development as a child, and other things take precedence.

David Thorpe
  (12:47 PM)

Age is somewhat irrelevant. Development should start when he's asking for it. Half of the great players I've coached were not the best 9th grader on their team.

Chrisman (LA)

Did you suggest that Kendrick Perkins is part of the best big 3?! Really? Better than Kobe, Gasol, Bynum/Odom?

David Thorpe
  (12:48 PM)

After the beatdown I saw in June, hell yes.

Jason (Brooklyn)

How do you work players on movement away from the ball? With a guy like Kevin Martin, you can see that he really has the whole Reggie Miller / Rip Hamilton (Hondo anybody?) run 'em into the pick and into the ground mentality. How is that established?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

By stressing things like changing speeds, exploding past screens, getting balanced before the catch, being a backdoor threat, etc.

Nate (Houston, TX)

My friend and I were discussing NBA basketball, and were wondering if an NBA franchise will ever return to Milwaukee. Do you see that happening?

David Thorpe
  (12:49 PM)

Not anytime soon.

Teege (Philly)

Will Elton brand be an All-Star this season in what is now a loaded Eastern Conference with PFs??

David Thorpe
  (12:50 PM)

I think so.

Eriqua (Toronto)

Can my Raptors win the Atlantic this year?

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

Yes.

Matt (Portland)

Thorpe, if you had to pick one player to win a one on one game to save your life, who you got?

David Thorpe
  (12:51 PM)

Easy. The kid from Zanesville, because he'd be motivated to win!!

Wilson (spain)

Hey guys... heard of the MILWAUKEE Bucks?

David Thorpe
  (12:52 PM)

Exactly. Wake up Wilson.

B (Baltimore, MD)

If we're talking head-to-head as well, Perkins had 21 and 9 on Bynum last November, while holding him to 4 and 9.

David Thorpe
  (12:53 PM)

No defense of Kp is necessary. If LA spanks Boston this year then we will reconsider.

ANDRE (NEW YORK)

DO YOU SEE KOBE WINNING MVP THIS YEAR?

David Thorpe
  (12:54 PM)

No.

John, San Diego, CA

David, I HATE the Lakers with a passion, so I've got to say that I love how much you seem to dislike them and Kobe, too, even though you do try to play it off a bit to keep those obnoxious fans at bay. Keep up the good work, buddy!

David Thorpe
  (12:55 PM)

Funny, Boston fans accused me of loving the Lake Show and hating them when I picked LA to win it all in June.

Nate (NYC)

If Lebron actually went to NY in 2010, would that even give the Knicks a shot to win more games or is it a publicity stunt so the fans will be less angry?

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

What in the name of all that is holy are you talking about? Would it give them a shot to win more games? C'mon Nate.

MARK (ORLANDO)

CAN THE MAGIC REALLY CONTEND WITH NELSON AS THEIR POINT GUARD?

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

I think so.

Frank(Dallas)

Your view on Dallas this season.

David Thorpe
  (12:56 PM)

Ugh.

Jason (Battle Creek, Michigan)

Do you think the Pistons have 1 more run left in them under Michael Curry??

David Thorpe
  (12:57 PM)

No.

Clark (Durham, NC)

What matchups would you like to see in the playoffs this year? i am hoping for Jazz and Hornets.

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

How about a Phoenix-NY Finals!!

Victor (Tampa,Fl)

Do you feel the Nets have what it takes to make a playoff spot in the East?

David Thorpe
  (12:58 PM)

Probably not.

Chris (Cali)

What players do you enjoy to watch from a Coach's perspective?

David Thorpe
  (12:59 PM)

Too many to name. But Mike Miller would be on my list.

Ted (Houston)

Your responces are wicked today... Have you been hanging with Chalmers?

David Thorpe
  (1:00 PM)

No-actually running some workouts here at the PTC at IMG. We have NBA TV/Kings TV in the house. Gott a run back to the gym now. We'll chat again next week. Thanks everyone!